When you buy a brand new car, one of the things you expect is for the vehicle to be problem free. The last thing you want is to take it back to the dealer’s service department to fix some problem that shouldn’t have shown up in the first place.
This can be very frustrating to most, but you must remember vehicles are mechanical and sometimes issues come up. So how do you decrease your chances of buying an unreliable vehicle? Look at the vehicle’s problem and service history as a whole.
One way to do this is by reviewing the 2015 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study to determine which vehicles are the most reliable. J.D. Power asked 34,000 original owners of 2012 model vehicles what it’s been like to own their three-year-old vehicles over the last 12 months. For 2015, technology played a big factor in the ratings with the top two problems being voice-recognition devices and Bluetooth pairing.
For the fourth consecutive year in a row, Lexus ranked the highest in dependability. Buick, moving up three sports from 2014, took second. And Toyota came in third. Take a look at the rest of the award winners below.
Most Dependable Vehicles by Body Style for 2015
|Compact Car||2012 Toyota Corolla|
|Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle||2012 Scion xB|
|Compact Premium Car||2012 Lexus ES|
|Compact Premium SUV||2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class|
|Compact SUV||2012 GMC Terrain|
|Compact Sporty Car||2012 Scion tC|
|Large Car||2012 Buick LaCrosse|
|Large Heavy Duty Pickup||Chevrolet Silverado HD|
|Large Light Duty Pickup||2012 GMC Sierra LD|
|Large SUV||2012 GMC Yukon|
|Midsize Car||2012 Chevrolet Malibu|
|Midsize Pickup||2012 Honda Ridgeline|
|Midsize Premium Car||2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class|
|Midsize Premium SUV||2012 Lexus GX|
|Midsize SUV||2012 Nissan Murano|
|Midsize Sporty Car||2012 Chevrolet Camaro|
|Minivan||2012 Toyota Sienna|
|Small Car||2012 Scion xD|
|Small SUV||2012 Kia Sportage|
If you’re in the market for a used car, I recommend using an online listing service like Ryde Shopper and Motor Trend to research and compare vehicles online. These sites will allow you to see what others are paying for the same vehicle you’re considering in your local area. You can even request a free no-obligation price quote from a dealership once you find a vehicle you’d like to purchase.